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18 June 2021   Issue 2432 © ULLAPOOL NEWS

UK’s first NNR launches photo contest to celebrate 70th anniversary

NatureScot is inviting people across Scotland to enter a national photo contest, launched on 15 June, to help mark Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve’s 70th anniversary this autumn. Winning entries will be displayed as part of an exhibition celebrating the nature reserve’s 70th birthday. The top two photographers will enjoy an amazing day of exclusive access to the reserve in one-to-one company with a professional photographer, who will share industry hints and tips.

Beinn Eighe was the UK’s first National Nature Reserve (NNR). It covers a huge 48sq km, stretching from loch-side to mountain top. There are expanding areas of Caledonian pine forest, with very old ‘granny pines’ found on the lower slopes and temperate rainforest in the gorges. More ancient woodland fragments can be found on the 60 plus islands scattered across Loch Maree. These island fragments are the nearest thing to natural woodland left in the UK. Wildlife on the NNR includes deer, pine martens and golden eagles, as well as a host of rare and interesting plants, butterflies, dragonflies and other insects.

Doug Bartholomew, Beinn Eighe’s NNR manager, said: “We are looking for photos – new or old – of Beinn Eighe which capture the natural beauty, special nature and people’s unique experiences while visiting the nature reserve. We would particularly like entrants to include a description with their photos about a memory or experience at Beinn Eighe, to show what the NNR has meant to them over the years.”

The prizes for the competition are as follows:

1st prize – Loch Maree Islands Boat Trip – An all-inclusive day with NNR staff and professional photographer Laurie Campbell, exploring and learning about the Loch Maree islands with opportunities to take unique photographs.

2nd prize – A one-to-one photography experience at Beinn Eighe NNR – A guided day with professional photographer Laurie Campbell on Beinn Eighe, photographing nature with the majestic backdrop of Beinn Eighe.  The top 20 photos will receive a Beinn Eighe 70th anniversary mug. All shortlisted photos will be on display as part of a Beinn Eighe 70th anniversary exhibition.

Entries should be submitted in the first instance as lower resolution JPEGs to beinneighe70@nature.scot  or through Instagram, using the hashtag #beinneighe70 in your Instagram post. High resolution versions of pictures must also be available for printing purposes.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on 1 October 2021.  For more information on contest terms and conditions, see the NatureScot website.


Update on fundraiser for Duchenne UK

The current total raised for the charity committed to ending Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is £2,072 (including Gift Aid)!  Local boys Duncan Scott and Russell Macdonald cycled off-road from the Central Belt to Ullapool carrying all they needed for the 296 mile ride.  They are extremely grateful for all the support they have received.

If you’d like to find out more about Duchenne UK or would like to make a donation, please use the following links:




What’s inside this week’s Ullapool news

Chris Dolan-Ullapool Book Festival…                              page 7

A Short Walk in Nature (Coigach)…                               page 16

Adult Open rowing sessions…                                        page 17

Ullapool A-Z from An Talla Solais…                               page 18

Tide Tables & Weather…                                                 page 21

LBCC minutes…                                                                  page 22

Annat Bay Watch – update…                                           page 23

New sailing project for young people…                       pages 24/25

More on the Ceilidh Place Laburnum…                        page 26

Health & Well-Being Column…                                       page 27

FREE energy Advice Service…                                         page 30